What Were the Protests Against the Vietnam War?

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The protests against the Vietnam War were a series of demonstrations against American involvement in the conflict between North and South Vietnam. Protests were initially peaceful and included sit-ins or teach-ins or marches, but they eventually erupted into violence.

Initially, disapproval of American involvement in Vietnam circulated primarily through academic circles in which American motivation for involvement was questioned. As American involvement continued, more people became disillusioned over the amount of soldiers being killed or injured, and there was an increase in the amount of troops dedicated to the cause. Americans began to see the situation as a war that could not be won.

The Vietnam war was the first conflict involving the United States that was widely covered by television media. Enough American households had televisions to affect American sentiment, particularly in regards to the violence occurring during the war. As the war progressed into its fourth year, a number of soldiers who had been wounded in Vietnam brought to light the poor treatment of injured veterans when they returned to American soil, which further drove protests against Vietnam. Government records reflecting initial fears about the United States government’s true motivations for involvement were made public in the early 1970s, becoming the final straw for the vast majority of Americans who still supported the war.